Vezalay was unable to match the late pace of Amicus when sixth in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) over the weekend, but co-trainer Troy Corstens has revealed the mare is a picture of health and will likely back-up in Saturday’s 2015 How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Damien Oliver allowed the mare to stride forward and settled in good position within the field of 16; receiving a great run in transit but appearing unable to reach top gear as five of her rivals swooped in the final 200m.
Cortsens remains confident the classy daughter of Shamardal is capable of winning over 1400m, but believes a return to 1200m for Saturday’s 2015 How Now Stakes will play a key role in an immediate return to the winner’s circle.
“I don’t think the 1400 is out of the question but at this stage we’ll drop her back to the sprints and next preparation we might step her up to 1400 again,” Corstens told Racing Victoria.
“It’s hard to believe with the way she shot clear on Saturday that she ended up running sixth but she did a really good job and actually took quite a bit of fitness out of that run.
“As long as her bloods are good at the end of the week and she draws well then she’ll take her place.”
Corstens confirmed the 2015 How Now Stakes will figure as the final point of call for Vezalay this time, before returning to work ahead of the Gold Coast Magic Millions Fillies and Mares Handicap (1300m) in January.
“She’ll have this race and then we’ll set her for an 1100m race during the Flemington Carnival and then her long-term target will be the Magic Millions fillies and mares race in January.”
Vezalay has posted to wins and a further three minors through eight career starts so far and was a standout for Team Corstens through the recent Autumn Carnival; finishing fifth in the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) and third in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) before a luckless run for eighth in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m).
Returning this time for success in the Beveridge Williams Plate (1100m) on August 15th, the Shamardal mare ran third in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) in her only other start to the Let’s Elope.
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